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Andrew Ferguson

Co-Founder

Andrew co-founded the Connecticut Opportunity Project as a capacity-building initiative that supports youth-serving organizations to positively impact young people who are disengaged or disconnected from school, the workforce, and community.  He serves as Chief Education Officer at Dalio Education, where he leads the team and overall strategy and grant-making alongside Barbara Dalio. 

Andrew serves as Senior Advisor to the Connecticut RISE Network, which he co-founded in 2015 as an independent non-profit organization.  RISE is a community of educators working together to help more than 14,000 students across a network of 10 high schools achieve success in and beyond high school. 

Andrew also helped to create and run The Partnership for Connecticut, a public-private partnership between Dalio Philanthropies and the State of Connecticut to help the most disadvantaged students graduate high school and start a career.  Andrew served as Senior Advisor to The Partnership from its inception in 2019 through its dissolution in summer 2020.

Prior to joining Dalio Education in 2014, Andrew served as Turnaround Policy Analyst and Director of Strategic Initiatives at the Connecticut State Department of Education, where he led several efforts to increase student achievement in Connecticut’s highest-need schools and districts.  Earlier in his career, he worked as an elementary school teacher at L.W. Beecher School in New Haven. 

Andrew has a B.A. in Political Science from Dickinson College and a J.D. from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.

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